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Rossi Tests Ferrari F1 Car - Again

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' at netrider.net.au started by rc36, Aug 3, 2005.

  1. You just can't keep him out of the news, can you?

    Unexpectedly, and with the official announcement of his new contract with Yamaha for 2006 just announced, Valentino Rossi tested a Ferrari F1 car again today, apparently to confirm more accurately his potential in Formula One car racing.

    The secret test started this morning at Fiorano, in Italy, at the private Ferrari test track, but no information was released about Rossi’s performance in the F2004 Ferrari in which he spent many hours. The rumor is that this second test was set on Rossi’s specific request to the team following the first test he had been given on April 21, 2004.

    In fact, Ferrari and its president Mr. Luca di Montezemolo after the first test last year, agreed to give Rossi another opportunity to drive a Ferrari F1 car in the future. Recently this year Rossi said that his future would only be on two-wheels, but the surprise test today seems to indicate that the Italian phenomenon hasn’t really made a decision yet on what will happen after his Yamaha contract expires at the end of 2006. Or is he just haveing some fun during the summer break?

    It’s no secret that Ferrari are warm to the idea of having the immensely popular MotoGP star on their team in the future, and as of right now there are no drivers under contract to Ferrari after the end of 2006 F1 season. Only time will tell if one of them will be Valentino Rossi.

    courtesy cyclenews.com
  2. He'd better not :evil: I look forward to seeing that grin at the end of the GP's - and I don't want to watch cars go round, and round, and round - its just not the same :roll:
  3. Well, I wouldn't worry if I were you. He's already said that F1 isn't enough fun for him. He has, however, expressed a strong desire to try a rally car again and it's likely that, if he DOES go car racing, it will be to the WRC not F1.
  4. If Ferrari said "Hey, we want to fly you out to our test track, put you up in a swanky hotel and look at how you drive in an F1 car" would you turn it down ?!?! :shock:
  5. hmmm.... legendary GP rider, or very ordinary back of the pack f1 driver... I wonder what he'd rather be...
  6. Valentino Rossi speaks about his Ferrari F1 test...

    “I wanted to get deeper into knowing the real behavior a F1 car” commented Valentino Rossi after his second day of testing with the F2004 Ferrari, an ANSA (Italian news agency) reports. “I want to thank Ferrari for giving me the opportunity to do that. These two days have been pretty intense and really interesting. I put plenty of miles and laps behind and I can say now that I started to understand a little more the car with the help of the Ferrari technicians and of Marc Gene. It’s time to go back to the two wheels now, the MotoGP season is still far from being over” he added.

    This was, in fact, the second consecutive day of testing for Rossi after he had completed at least as many as 80 laps yesterday at Fiorano, Italy. While it wasn’t possible to get any precise data on his performance the word is that he bettered his fastest lap time from last year when he first tested the car.

    As noted above, I think the test relates much more to public relations than it does to any serious move by VR to get into F1. Apart from anything else, the politics would drive him WILD!
  7. Fiat is also apaarantly chasing after Rossi to test their new Punto AWD rally car. Doesn't look like he's ever going to be short of work.
  8. Well, as my first post suggested, the likelihood is that he WILL end up in cars, but in the WRC, not F1.